My Grandpa told me to beware of knives out of Kentucky nearly 40yrs ago, and this still holds true till today in a way. I know WE ALL have our own opinions on "Worked on" knives and that is within our rights to do so. Personally, I see nothing wrong with a welded blade or worked on knives to keep them as function examples of our history & to preserve them for our future generations to enjoy. If EVERYONE was HONEST we wouldn't have NEAR THE PROBLEM with "worked on" knives.
A good patch work for Large chunks missing or handle replacements for "gassed out" celluloid knives or "welded blades" for blades that were broken off at the tangs Etc. is OK in my book as all this is "Knife restoration" as is a "Cleaned" knife IN MY HUMBLE OPINION. However Keith, after a knife is "worked on" it should be represented as such & that is where things go awry for everyone. The more you study antique knives & counterfeits the more you realize what is going on but this holds true for everything in life right, KNOWLEDGE is Power as they say, lol. A "Welded blade" is not counterfeit at all. What makes it a counterfeit is when someone is trying to pass off a "Welded blade" knife as "Authentic Original". This is the deceiving part or LACK OF KNOWLEDGE of our beloved passion of knives for financial gain & I am not into that, but many folks are & that is where the more knowledge you have about your subject, the better off you are.
I dont want to start a "War" about what is right or wrong, This is just my personal opinion or my 2-cents worth
I Buy/Sell/Trade All Vintage Antique Pocket knives from Junkers to Mint. I am Easy going, so Please shoot me a message ANYTIME!!! l Live & Breath KNIVES Everyday.